Together with his sons, Jacob entered Egypt, where he later died. It happened because not only the original point was “revived” from Egypt, but the entire system emerged from it. The system originated in Egypt, i.e., appeared from the terrible fragmented state that was thousands of times worse than Babylon.
In essence, it is the same Babylon, only more terribly disconnected. Instead of Nimrod, there appears the Pharaoh, instead of Abraham, Moses shows up.
History repeats itself, but in a new spiral. Correction of a huge, constantly growing egoism (“Egypt”) begins from there.
Question: So, instead of just being a family or a tribe, they became a nation, right?
Answer: Yes. This power is called “the nation” even though they all are one soul. It’s always about one soul. There is nothing in the world except one unified soul, i.e., one desire that emerged in Babylon and that was split into two major segments:
- Those who joined Abraham and were willing to combine all desires in one.
- Those who didn’t want to reconnect and become as one whole. The latter were spread throughout the world.
The part that left with Abraham gradually re-connected at the first level, then at the second level, and then the third: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Then, they received a bigger, additional egoism: Egypt and the Pharaoh, i.e., the governing forces that rule over the people. They managed to overcome the tremendous egoism that internally tore them apart. Please use your imagination to draw a picture in which you feel mutual detachment called “Egypt.” A much bigger, obvious, reciprocal detachment whose source is “the Pharaoh.” Both of them are appellations of brand new layers of egoism.
Thus, by overcoming the levels of disconnection named “Egypt” and the “Pharaoh,” despite all the Egyptian plagues that this group had to go through, they turned into a strong nation after they exited from Egypt. They absorbed a new coil of egoism and transformed it into a mutual connection. As a result, they became ready to ascend to the methodology of correction of their egos called “the Torah.”
Here we are talking about a new type of connection that is different from Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob’s, or even Moses’. It’s a novel type of unity that is called a “nation,” and that can be attained only if people not only use the natural joining powers, but also when they induce them from nature with awareness.
This is the difference between all the previous stages (from Babylon to Mount Sinai) and the subsequent stage of correction that started from Mount Sinai and continues further on: from that point on, people made efforts to attain the force that connects them. Not only do they aspire to be with each other and congregate, but they come to a stage when their cognitive attainment of the connecting force (the Creator) is activated.
Question: Wasn’t their prior advancement also based on the principle of “loving their neighbor as themselves”?
Answer: They had never attained the Creator. Only a few of them, their leaders, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, and Aaron accomplished this task to the extent that it was “as if” they had spoken with Him directly. The rest of the nation failed to attain this goal. That’s why Moshe announced to his people what exactly the Creator had told him. There was no direct or apparent perception of the Creator at that time.
However, they managed to ascend to a new level at which they altogether started to reach out for the Creator. At the time of the exodus from Egypt, they witnessed many “signs,” slowly and gradually the Creator started to manifest Himself among them: He spoke from the Tabernacle, walked ahead of them, etc. In general, step-by-step, people began realizing that they saw “miracles.” Essentially, the Creator manifested Himself bit by bit.
From KabTV’s “Babylon Yesterday and Today” 8/27/14